Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Chloe Kinsella from ESB to give some advice for people considering this job:


Chloe Kinsella

Engineer - Carbon


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  Chloe Kinsella

People working as carbon specialist come from many different backgrounds. In fact one of my former colleagues came from a genetics background, while the others were from an engineering background.

In Ireland at the moment it is quite hard to get into the carbon space so you may have to go abroad for training.

To pursue a career in engineering it is important to have a strong technical background.


The Social person's interests focus on some aspect of those people in their environment. In all cases the social person enjoys the personal contact of other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people, and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
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College Registration

Once the student accepts a CAO course offer, the next stage of starting college is registration. This is the process of supplying colleges with relevant personal information, including photo, payment of fees and registration for course modules & subjects.

Registration in some third level institutions is done online and procedures vary between colleges. In UCD for instance, step 1 of registration can begin within 3 working days of accepting a CAO offer.

The student simply logs into UCD Connect via the UCD homepage using their CAO number and date of birth. Students are advised to change these log-on details to something more private straightaway.

In DIT your invitation to register will be posted to your correspondence address with details on how to register and pay fees online. 

At Maynooth University 1st year students arrive on campus for registration (usually first week in September) and meet with college staff prior to full registration. Maynooth University has no pre-determined quota for subjects, so there is a low level of restriction on subject or module choice.

Key Point

Colleges recognise the concerns of parents whose son or daughter has just enrolled as an undergraduate.  In the coming years, college plays a central role in educating undergraduates and preparing them for the world of work and adult life. Striking a balance between natural parental interest and acknowledgement of the young person's new independent college life is worthwhile.


My son has been given a registration start time. How does this work?


Where can I find more information about registration and other key college dates and issues?


At what point in the registration process are fees paid?


What is a module? 


Selecting Course Modules


Choosing General Elective modules


I do not want to interfere in this process but I would also like to be supportive. What can I do? 


What supports are there in college for my son or daughter as they settle into college after registration?